This month I thought I would talk a little about our Organic Humates and a refresher with information about how to use them and the application rates.
June is a great time to apply humates as the winter season allows the humates to break down slowly and release nutrients into the soil for spring planting. If possible, apply them before heavy rains to allow the humates to penetrate the soil.
Application rate of our Organic Humates? This is something that we get asked a lot – how much do I really need to put on?
Well, the answer is quite simple: at planting time mix a handful (50-75gms) of our Organic Humate in with the topsoil into a freshly prepared hole and plant as usual. Remember to thoroughly mix the Organic Humate into the potting mix, compost or topsoil – please note folks that it is advised to not plant directly into humate. For one thing it is too rich and secondly the best results come when mixed in with soil. For potting plants 50-100grams per pot – mix in thoroughly so that you get an even spread of Organic Humate throughout the container. For existing plants, shrubs and trees use at approximately 300grams per square metre spring and autumn time and either rake in or water it in.
After applying the Organic Humate, consider adding a layer of organic mulch such as straw or wood chips to help retain moisture and prevent weed growth. This will also enhance the breakdown of the humates and promote nutrient absorption by the soil.
Ensure that you water your garden adequately after applying humates. This will help them to dissolve and penetrate the soil. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth.
Monitor your plants’ growth and overall health after using Organic Humate. You should notice improved root development, increased plant vigour and a much better nutrient uptake.
It is important to remember that while humates can provide numerous benefits to your garden, they should be used in conjunction with other good gardening practices, such as proper watering, adequate sunlight, and appropriate plant selection for your region.